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Trimble forms alliance with 3Gtms to advance transportation strategy

Iain Morris
August 27, 2014

Tracking specialist Trimble has teamed up with software provider 3Gtms to advance its transportation industry strategy.

As part of the alliance, Trimble (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) is to make an equity investment in 3Gtms (Shelton, CT, USA), which has also signed a commercial reseller agreement with TMW Systems, a part of Trimble’s transportation and logistics division.

3Gtms offers planning and shipment management software that TMW Systems is to market as part of its transportation solutions portfolio.

Trimble says the 3Gtms technology can be integrated with TMW’s enterprise transportation management software to provide what it claims will be the first “single-source” solution for running both asset-based and non-asset transportation service organizations.

The aim is to address the IT needs arising as a result of the convergence between motor carriers, third-party logistics players and brokers.

3Gtms claims that its technology can help those organizations save on shipping costs, improve margins and “onboard” new customers more quickly.

The application is designed to simplify end-to-end logistics processes and allow review for cost-saving opportunities.

“Mitch [Weseley, 3Gtms’s chief executive] and the team at 3Gtms are visionaries in the non-asset TMS space,” said David Wangler, the president of TMW Systems. “The more we looked at their software, the more convinced we became that it brings the most powerful combination of features and benefits for shipment planning and operations to build on existing TMW software capabilities for our customers.”

“Together, we’re now able to present a single-source solution to the industry which can enable complex and diversifying transportation service providers to grow their businesses and better address customer needs.”

Trimble says that a number of technology silos have developed to separately address the needs of shippers, third party logistics players and brokers and that its tie-up with 3Gtms will mean those silos can be replaced.

“We have worked with TMW for quite some time and our market visions are in alignment,” said 3Gtms’s Weseley. “We see that many logistics companies are broadening their service offerings, blurring the traditional lines between different logistics service provider functions.”

“By working with TMW, we can unleash the power of our combined systems for those companies looking for a single solution to cover the breadth of their multi-faceted operations,” he added.
 
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